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  •  Missing phrasing in my last comment (1+ / 0-)
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    I meant to say Americans are more comfortable with Medicare than fee control bc they know Medicare. Americans do not know price control.  In addition , we have legal infrastructure for Medicare but not price control.

    The price control does not control cost as well as single payer.  

    •  Americans don't care about price controls (0+ / 0-)

      on health expenses.

      Really, they don't. Nobody even ASKS what something is going to cost, except for some preventive and elective procedures.

      If you're in an accident, or have a heart attack, or think you have appendicitis, do you go cost shopping? Of course not - you go to the hospital.

      The only ones who care about price controls are the doctors and hospitals.  

      And that's the reason why health care prices NEED price controls. Going without, especially in an emergency situation, is NOT an option. Nor is comparison shopping.

      At least we should have something in effect to keep us from getting ripped off when we're literally in a life or death situation.

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